Over 80 runners braved the balmy weather and hills of East Ayrshire on Wednesday July 1. Racers at the annual Kilmarnock Harriers 10k made their way uphill through the town's New Farm Loch district, over the M77 interchange and further uphill, through the scenic Ayrshire countryside, on the road towards the hamlet of Moscow before turning along the undulating road towards Crookedholm and back to the M77 interchange, where they were rewarded with a one kilometre downhill section back to the race Start/Finish at St Joseph's Academy. Irvine's David Miller won the race in an amazing time of 32:08 with unattached Fiona Hogg winning the women's race in 44:42. Speaking to SCOTTISH RUNNING GUIDE Race Winner David Miller said: "That was tough going! But it did have a good finish and great organisation."
Kilbarchan's Thomas Hearle finished over one minute behind David Miller to claim second place in 33:18 with Girvan's Kerry Liam Wilson finishing third in 33:30. Brian Craig of Irvine AC won the Vet Men 50 Prize, with Garscube's Tony Hall claiming the Vet Men 60 equivalent. Girvan AC beat Irvine AC by one point to take the Men's Team prize.
In the closest race of the evening, Springburn's Caroline Brownlie beat Kilmarnock's Gillian Mullen by 9secs to take the Second Women's Prize in 47:12. Kilmarnock's Karen Quinn won the Women's Vet Prize in 49:55. Host club Kilmarnock also won the Women's Team Prize.
Speaking to SCOTTISH RUNNING GUIDE Women's Vet Winner, Karen Quinn said: "I was devastated today to learn that I would lose my job with the announcement of the closure of the town's Johnnie Walker plant. It was so good to get the chance to relieve the stress by racing in a great local event."
All finishers received a well deserved commemorative mug, some fruit and a choice of soft drinks.